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16 Oct City of Beaufort Again Seeking Board and Commission Members

A smooth running city relies heavily on citizens who volunteer to serve on both regulatory and advisory Boards and Commissions. To learn more about the boards and commissions CLICK HERE.   We are currently seeking members for the Zoning Beaufort of Appeals. Positions on other Boards and Commissions will be opening up this winter and spring. The ZBOA meets on the 4th Monday of month at 5:30 PM. The ZBOA hears applications for variances, special exceptions, and appeals from the decision of the zoning administrator. There are no special qualifications to serve on the...

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16 Oct Southside Boulevard in Beaufort to see mile-long sidewalk project start in winter

Since I have been Mayor it seems we have done a lot of planning and saving dollars to leverage against grants and intergovernmental funding to take care of significant infrastructure needs.  As an impatient person, I have felt it has been years that we have waited and waited and waited and the citizens have been very patient.  Thank you. Plans and dollars are now in place and we are about to launch a number of projects:  Boundary Street Redevelopment, Allison Road Stormwater Project with Spanish Moss Trail connector to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, the...

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Bill Prokop

16 Oct A Breath of Fresh Air: City Manager Does Bi-Weekly Reports

City Manager Bill Prokop is very engaged with the city council and the public as the Chief Executive of the City. Prokop oversees our many active  projects.  He also learns with his ears and not his mouth. During Regular City Council meetings (2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month - 7:00 pm at City Hall), Prokop provides updates to council and the public about issues on which he and his staff are working. The following is the most recent City Manager Report with my comments on each topic below. City Manager Report 10/13/15 "Holiday Light...

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16 Oct City To Present Quarterly Television Reports

As additional means for providing transparency,  the City of Beaufort recently launched yet another way  to communicate with the public.  We hope to shed light on happenings in and around the City through quarterly television reports broadcast on WHHI-TV.  The first report,  taped earlier this week,  focuses on the recently reorganized City of Beaufort Redevelopment Commission.  RDC Chair Jon Verity, Council member Stephen Murray and I are featured in the interview formatted thirty minute show.   I hope you will take the time to view it. TO PREVIEW THE SHOW After you...

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16 Oct Fire Chief Sammy Negron to Retire Next Year

“Our fire chief is a good man,” Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling said. “Along with that, he’s also an exceptional fire chief, a very good department manager, and an important part of this community. We wish him all the best.” -BK NEWS RELEASE Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 Contact: Bill Prokop, City Manager, 843-525-7000   Beaufort Fire Chief to retire mid-January    Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Chief Sammy Negron will retire Jan. 15, ending his 20-year firefighting career in the Lowcountry. Negron said he is retiring to dedicate time to his family as he fights Multiple Sclerosis, which he was diagnosed with...

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12 Oct Santa Elena Foundation Makes Great Progress

The Santa Elena Foundation is making great progress. Thank you Daryl Ferguson and Andy Beall, your Board and volunteers.  -Mayor Billy   Pieces of the past: Story of Santa Elena, a significant Spanish settlement, emerges in fragments THE BEAUFORT GAZETTE / ERIN HEFFERNAN - October 9, 2015   For years, no one knew one of the most significant archaeological finds in South Carolina history lay hidden under a golf course.   The Spanish settlement of Santa Elena -- one of the most important sites of early Spanish exploration in North America -- was a city lost to...

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11 Oct Rising Tides and The Future

Just want to share what remains on my mind as we look to the future and particularly infrastructure needs. -Mayor Billy Area leaders fail to take serious action in face of rising threats from above and below CHARLESTON POST AND COURIER / DOUG PARDUE AND TONY BARTELME / OCTOBER 11, 2015   The storm flew in from the ocean like an invading force, picking up fuel in the warmth of the Gulf Stream, then zeroing in on the South Carolina coast. The skies over Charleston darkened; the tides swelled. And then the clouds, laden with moisture, released...

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09 Oct One Time Event? Or Wake Up Call?

It appears the stars were aligned to create a "one time" flooding event that brought dreadful pain and havoc to many across out state. While I wish this was the case, I do not think this was a one time event, a 500 year event or a 1000 year event.  Rather, I think it may very well be a wake-up call or preview of what the future may look like.While my heart and prayers (and water to those who needed it) go out to the many families who suffered and...

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09 Oct Downtown Signs Point the Way

Have our seen them? How could you not! [caption id="attachment_3963" align="alignnone" width="534"] New Downtown Sign![/caption] A Big Thank You to Main Street Beaufort for taking the lead and to the many volunteers who have been working for years to develop, manufacture and install appropriate way finding signs for downtown Beaufort. I am proud of the signs which were a long time coming, and seemingly well worth the wait. -Mayor Billy...

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06 Oct Water Please!

Though we all got a little wet over the past few days, I am grateful that we did not suffer like our neighbors from Charleston, Sumter, Columbia and in between have been and are still struggling. The towns of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island have teamed up with their real estate community to send water to families who do not have what we take for granted - clean water to drink. Please join the Beaufort County Association of Realtors in doing the same.  Bottles of water can be dropped off at the...

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